19.03.2013 - 19.03.2013 25 °C
Awoke reasonably early and realised that today was our 47th wedding anniversary! Got going fairly quickly as today was to be our visit to the famous Wilson Promontory National Park. Mary decided to get the big was done before departure while I prepared some lunch and, shortly after 0900 Mary, Rob and I piled into the ute and headed southeast to this famous landmark. You may see it if you fly via Sydney to Hobart if the weather is good.
The weather was excellent with almost no breeze and a bright sunny day so everything looked good for our outing, apart from Margaret who decided to stay home and get some chores done.
The roads were quite good and we soon reached the Park entrance and headed through, very cheerfully as we did not have to pay any fees for a one day visit. The road in was really better than outside the park and we encountered a few decent hills with a variety of landscape including farms, scrub, bush and mountainous views. We stopped first at Whisky Beach even though it was still not yet noon. The beach views were stupendous and I was reminded of Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsular (Tasmania) with the bright, white sands and beautiful blue sea generating gentle and perfect waves onto the beach. Further on similar views were there to enjoy – which we did.
Eventually we reached Tidal River, the end of the navigable road system and were very disappointed to find the shopping complex closed for their annual stocktake! There were dozens of people and scores of caravans, camper-trailers and tents so it is obviously a popular place to visit to stay. Maybe next time. One more beach view – again spectacular – and finally the long drive home.
A few shopping chores and some more cleanup stuff to complete before heading for Sorrento tomorrow for the ferry to Queenscliffe – we hope.
After that was completed we headed into town to enjoy a celebratory dinner with Rob and Margaret as it is Rob’s birthday (secret) in a couple of days or so. Very nice it was too!
Back home to write to you all.
Before we leave Wonthaggi just a few comments about this small town of over 4000 people and is about 130 Km southeast of Melbourne. Founded as a coal town it has had its ups and downs but, with new Big W, Woolworths and Coles stores (and large for the population here) it is enjoying a bit of a resurgence. A pity that the caravan park is not able to keep up with the other aspects of the town. They have a reasonable sized hospital – and we found out after we moved in to the park that the SES Medivac helicopter brings emergency patients in about 10 meters above our heads!